Nursing is one of the most demanding jobs around the world. And the nursing profession is quite a noble one. But with all the tasks involved within this profession there are occupational hazards, just like with everything else in life.
In this post, we look at some of the ergonomic risks of being a nurse depending on what he or she wears on his/her feet.
There are three aspects of ergonomics which can pose the danger of hurting oneself while at work. These aspects include:
- Moving around (walking or jogging)
- Lifting items or patients
- Reaching for something (mostly from a high position such as a shelf)
To minimize these risks of being a nurse, there are steps you can take to ensure safety and there are those the institution you work for can take to ensure your well being.
Getting the right pair of workplace shoes can save you from dangers such as feet swelling and back problems. With the right pair you minimize chances of tripping or slipping and they provide you with ankle support and cushioning.
Safety also depends on common sense. You would not want to be lifting a package that is well out of your strength capabilities all by yourself. Just ask for assistance from a colleague. Same case applies in reaching for something on a shelf that you cannot reach.
Above is not an exhaustive discussion on the risks of being a nurse regarding ergonomics. However, the risks discussed here are some of the most common ones.